Now isn’t that con-vee-nient?

By: Friday October 4, 2013 5:00 pm


So much for the monthly Jobs Report. One of the effects of the government shutdown (no Fox News, it is NOT a “slimdown“) is no monthly Jobs Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Today’s Anti-Social Security Propaganda

By: Monday January 28, 2013 11:20 am

Well, it looks like there is a new push on in the long term destruction of Social Security today. Now, I usually write about the plight of the long term unemployed and underemployed but I am getting close to Social Security eligibility so decided I would discuss the anti Social Security effort today.

Issa Floats Hearings on Jobs Data, Joining BLS Truther Brigade (Or Did It Join Him?)

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 12:12 pm

The conspiracy theory about the Obama Administration forcing the Bureau of Labor Statistics into deliberately fixing the September jobs report has found its purchase in the most likely of places: the House Republican caucus. Darrell Issa, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, told Fox Business Network this morning that he would open an investigation into the derivation of the numbers in the jobs report.

Final Pre-Election Jobs Reports

By: Saturday October 6, 2012 1:00 pm

This week has seen the final jobs reports that will be available to make a possibly measurable impact prior to November 6. Wednesday’s report from ADP had 162K new private sector jobs. Yesterday’s (Thursday, October 4) Jobless claims report had a slight increase to 367K new jobless claims and 4 week rolling average of 375K new claims. Finally, today’s (Friday, October 5) Bureau of Labor Statistics report has an increase of 114,000 jobs for September and the jobless rate falling to 7.8%.

Sorry, but These Numbers Do Not Add Up

By: Friday December 2, 2011 5:25 pm

So, you may have noticed that the November jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is out today (via CNN): “Hiring accelerated in November, and the unemployment rate unexpectedly plummeted to its lowest rate in nearly three years.”

Wait! I Thought the South Was Where All the Jobs Are!

By: Tuesday September 27, 2011 4:40 pm


Although the official time frame for “The Great Recession” was December 2007 through June 2009, for the millions of long term un and underemployed, the daily reality is that not only has the recession never ended, it is more applicable to The Great Depression than it is to any of the various acknowledged recessions since the end of WWII. One of the articles of faith from the always surprised Economists is that job creation lags other indicators, yet here we are, over two years since the “end” of the last recession and the official unemployment rate is still at 9.1% with the underemployed figure at 16.2% for August 2011.

Just 103,000 Jobs Added in December, but Topline Unemployment Rate Drops to 9.4%

By: Friday January 7, 2011 8:00 am

I’m sure people will focus on that topline unemployment rate, but really this report shows we’re still just moving sideways on jobs. And of all the bills put forward in this Congressional session thus far, pretty much none of them deal with that reality.

…Oh, and meanwhile, corporations had their most profitable quarter in history at the end of 2010. Trickle down!

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